Our Board of Directors
John Gillespie - President, Director; 1988 to present
President, Instructor, Counselor- Alpha & Omega Freedom Ministries, Inc. LCU Masters in Theology, Certified Recovery Support Specialist, Ordained Minister, Hardee County Ministerial Association, Hardee County Homeless Coalition, Highlands County Coalition for Homeless, Grace Fellowship & Riverview Heights Baptist Church
Dr. Nicholas Timmerman - OD; Vice President, Chairman of the Board; 1988 to present
Doctor of Optometry, Sevigny Eye Care, Former Hardee County Commissioner for 12 years,
Hardee County Housing Authority, Hardee County Homeless Coalition, Lion's Club member, Central
Florida Optometric Society, and American Optometric Society member.
Lorraine Gillespie - Executive Director Emeritus, 1988 to present
Alpha & Omega Freedom Ministries, Inc.; LCU Bachelors in Theology, Certified Recover Support Specialist, Hardee County Ministerial Association, Hardee County Coalition for the Homeless, Highlands County Coalition for the Homeless, Wauchula Women's Club and Grace Fellowship
Karen Tibbs - Executive Director-2015
Prior owner of Forms Design a printing company in Sarasota Fl. Presently, Karen is an independant sales contractor of printing, Visa Debit Paycards, payroll services, and employee leasing.
Karen is very active in drama, youth, and teaching at Sarasota Christian Church.
Dr. Sylvia Collins - Director-2005 to present
BA, MA, Ed D, Certified Behavioral Analyst, Florida Professional Education Certification , USF Polytechnic Supervisors of Interns and Adjunct Instructor, Administrative Superintendent ESOL Early Childhood K-12, First Baptist Church, City of Wauchula Historical Society, Tri-County Human Resources, Heartland Chorale, Hardee County Homeless Coalition, USF Polytechnic Supervisor of Interns and Adjunct Instructor
Christine Price (Chris)- Assistant Director, Acting Secretary-2009 to present. BA in Management of Human Resources, Supervisory Management Certification from State Of Florida, Multi-Program Housing Certification, Counselign for Addictive Patters, Codependency, Addictions and Mental Illness, REcovery, Domestic Violence Training, 10 years Service Award Children & Families, Secretary of Florida Merit Award for Quality Asssurance, and Ordained Minister. Chris also has been a children's teacher and counselor as well as teen counselor for over 25 years. Attends REal Life Church in Bowling Green and has painted the sets for Story of Jesus for 24 years, made costumes and was a special makeup artist.
Mary "Shirley" Tucker - Director-1995 to present
Bowling Green Mayor (retired) and now assistant Mayor, Management team member at Seller's Market,Ordained Minister, Domestic Violence Counselor for AOFM Inc. for over 8 years, and a member of Chestergrove Missionary Baptist Church
Esther Alvarado - Director-1996 to present
Esther is currently a case Manager at AOFM, Inc, Certified Duluth Model Counselor; BA in Theology, Ordained Minister, Spanish Interpreter, Anger Management Counselor, Parenting Class Teacher, Women's Club member, Department of Children & Families affiliate, and is a member at Faith Temple Church of God.
Joyce Cook - Teacher & Counselor - 1998 to present
Joyce is currently active in teaching, counseling and P.R. work for AOFM and Hannah's House. Joyce is a creative article writer for the Herald Advocate Newspaper. Joyce writes commercial voice-overs, and has covered live broadcasts for Heartland Broadcasting since 2014. Joyce was previously employed as a case worker for the Children's Home Society of Lakeland Fl. specializing in domestic violence services.
Jim Pyle, PA Public Defender, 2019 to present